Various sketches and portraits made from pencil and water colour on paper by school children drawn from Ashaiman told the Municipality’s lingering story of poor sanitation and slum culture.

The children “commissioned” by the SOS Children Villages,Ghana, to produce artistic impressions about the fight against malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the densely populated municipality, did a reality portrayal which completely shied away from the abstract.

Both children and adults who thronged the Saint Augustine Catholic Parish hall in Ashaiman to observe the climax of the SOS organised World Malaria Day, were held captive by the rolls of pieces of art on exhibition.

From people sleeping outside without treated mosquito nets, through choked gutters to overgrown compounds, the children brought home the recklessness,ignorance and the poverty which had overwhelmed this municipality for so long.

Mr Anthony Agovie, an official of the SOS Tema Village, could not stop admiring the simple yet powerful message which the portraits presented.

“We asked the children what causes malaria and if they could encode that thought and other ideas in art. And here we are. It is overwhelming. It is obvious that they know what is wrong about their environment and they do not like it,” he said.

The SOS organised anti malaria campaign was marked by a float through the principal streets of Ashaiman, a talk, art exhibition and the distribution of over 300 treated mosquito nets.

SOS Villages Ghana is social development organisation with strong emphasis on child welfare expressed in care,education,good nutrition,shelter, healthcare,strengthening of families and advocating for children’s human rights.


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